Video Sample: Nokia N900 Autofocus Video Test

| October 11, 2009 | Reply

When I tried out the N900 at OneDotZero, I suspected the N900 had autofocus but didn’t manage to check it out. (What I knew was that it didn’t have the ridiculous infinity focus of the Nokia N97 where you can only film things that are miles away)

Mark Guim’s posted a video demonstrating AUTOFOCUS on the N900 with video. Before recording, the N900’s camera adjusts the focus point and the rest of the video will be clear at that original distance.

That’s great if  you want to be doing video blogs, maybe some macro videos (if you’re recording phone screens for video reviews or recording dancing bugs), then switch it up to film something further away. With the N900, you have the flexibility to choose your own focus point.

Unlike some Nseries which allowed you to go macro by smacking the camera, you won’t have to do anything drastic with the N900 as this is a built in standard feature. Plus, you’re not limited to just two ranges…just press the shutter button half way to lock focus and all the way to record clearly at that distance.

Just as another additional plus, I found that the N900 records much better quality video overall than the N97 (which has pretty good video/audio by current standards – although I’m not entirely sure how the N900 handles motion with panning, surprisingly the N97 is surprisingly really good here too). Furthermore, the N900 records in the highest ever resolution available on a Nokia, at 848X480, which is higher than most phones out there except a few like the Samsung i8910.


However, it is NOT continuous autofocus, i.e. it doesn’t adjust the focus during video recording, just prior. Nokia has already done this, albeit, accidentally with the Nokia N93i (as discovered by James Burland).

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